A 6.4 magnitude earthquake struck Pidie Jaya District, a province of Aceh in Sumatra Island, Indonesia on the early morning of 7th December 2016. 104 people died in the quake, with at least 1,000 people left injured. In addition, the quake caused major infrastructure damages, where at least 72 stores, 1 mall and 5 mosques were destroyed. Furthermore, 19,130 houses were reportedly damaged, 17,673 of it were in Pidie Jaya alone, causing more than 90,000 people to be evacuated from their homes.
MERCY MALAYSIA’S EFFORTS/ ACTIVITIES MERCY
Malaysia deployed its emergency response team to Pidie Jaya from 8th December to 20th December 2016. The objectives of the mission were to assess the immediate needs of the aected population and to device an action plan. Throughout the mission, the team distributed a total of 956 hygiene kits and family kits. A psychosocial team was deployed to conduct activities and provide psychosocial support benetting 250 children at the evacuation centre, while a rehab team provided 33 rehab patients with bedside exercise as well as 55 Rumah Sakit Umum Daerah (RSUD) Chik Ditiro’s sta with hands-on training.